|Me as a baby|
(we don't have any photos of me
before my first cleft lip repair)
|Before I got braces|
|Senior photo (before jaw surgery)|
|After jaw surgery (at PLU)|
I had a long break from surgeries until 1996, when Christopher was born. When I went into premature labor at 24 weeks, my doctor told me that I had a choice: I could deliver vaginally and Chris would die, or I could have a radical c-section and he would have a 50% chance of survival...and all future births would need to be by c-section. Well what mother would not have made the choice I did? It probably eased my mind that I am a surgery veteran and tend not to be a worrier. I trust the surgeons to take good care of me and that I will recover without any complications.
The hardest thing will be that I'm not allowed to blow my nose after the surgery for TWO WEEKS. That, for someone with chronic sinusitis, will be the toughest part.
|The little guy who had to have |
surgery before he was 2 pounds
I trust the surgeon. I'm not nearly as nervous as I was when my tiny 1-pound-5-ouncer had heart surgery...or my mom had surgery on her eyes. I find it much easier to contemplate surgery on myself than on my loved ones.
I truly believe that all my multiple surgeries, various health issues related to the cleft lip and palate, and Christopher's prematurity and NICU stay have made me into a better person. I'm stronger, more resilient, more hopeful, and more appreciative of what I have.
Surgery doesn't terrify me. I'm not thrilled about it, though. I'm a surgery veteran, but still nervous. I'll be glad when it's over and can add it to my long list of mountains climbed and battles won.